YLEM blog A listing of events and news of YLEM and its members

June 26, 2008

Member News: Help find a stolen artwork

Filed under: Member News — Torrey Nommesen @ 6:03 pm

Crucifixion 2050 by Mike Wittels
Crucifixion 2050 by Michael Wittels

The art work depicted here, Crucifixion 2050, was taken at the close of a show in Napa. The person who took it claims he did so by mistake and then gave it to a friend because the friend “really liked it.” The friend admits he had it at one time but claims he not longer has it. Present whereabouts: Unknown.

It is a wall-mounted piece measuring about 20″ high including the cross. The figure is formed from a heated and manipulated plastic and metal robot toy called a Transformer. The cross is charred wood. The figure and the cross may have been separated.

Because stolen art has a way of traveling rather than remaining in the location near where it was taken, I am seeking your help in locating it. A reward is offered for information leading to its return. Please email me if you have any leads.

Thank you,

Mike Wittels

More images of piece

See also:
SFGate article
Vallejo Times article
Benica Herald article

June 25, 2008

YLEM Forum 7/16: New Paints

Filed under: Forums — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:57 pm

Precita Eyes Mural Arts

Wednesday, July 16, 8 pm
YLEM Forum: New Paint
SomArts Gallery
934 Brannan St. between 8th & 9th Sts.
San Francisco, CA

Free, Open to the public, Wheelchair accessible

Paint technologies expand the ways artists can paint, and newer products resist the ravages of time better. Unusual capabilities of Golden Paints will be demonstrated by Golden Paint expert Judy Gittleson, and an acrylic paint that becomes united with the wall surface will be described by Susan Cervantes, the well-known San Francisco muralist of Precita Eyes. Both women will show interesting bodies of work and describe their history of community activism.


Judy Gittleson gives a Golden Paint Demonstration that includes:
Golden Historical colors (some hues that were on the palettes of earlier painters), a variety of gels and textures, and varnishes for mural paintings. Finally, she will show the new “Mix More Media” products for artists mixing digital media with painting. With it, you can coat papers or create “skins” that can be run through a digital printer. The result can be manipulated manually. A porous top coat on the image allows you to paint on top of it.

Gittleson is a Golden Artist Colors Working Artist in Northern California. She recently opened an art studio, Art For Well Beings, where she presents demonstrations and workshops on Golden Acrylics. As well, she holds workshops to teach art to developmentally disabled individuals, people recovering from illness or injury and at-risk youth. She has enabled groups to produce community murals. Her work can be seen in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Gallery and have been published in TIME magazine and Metropolitan Home Magazine.

Susan Kelk Cervantes, the energetic visionary who is behind many of the community murals you may have seen in San Francisco, describes the new 3poly-fresco2 mural technique. The 3polyfresco2 mural process is similar to the traditional true fresco technique of painting on a wet plaster surface. When the wet plaster surface that has been painted dries the paint crystallizes and becomes embedded into the wall. Instead of staying on the surface of the wall the painting becomes a part of the wall. The use of an acrylic paste in place of the lime putty used in traditional fresco is one of the main differences.

Cervantes, a 36-year veteran of the SF community mural art movement, is the founder and director of the Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States. Influenced by the Mujeres Muralistas, the first collaborative group of women muralists, Cervantes has applied the same process of accessible, community art to any size mural or age group through community mural workshops. Cervantes is responsible for more than 200 murals considered some of the finest in the country. She is dedicated to enhancing the environment through the creation of murals while involving and educating the community about the process and history of public community mural art. Her deep commitment to collaboration guarantees that the creative work produced is accessible, both physically and conceptually, to the people whose lives it impacts.

June 23, 2008

Call for Entries: Multiple Deadlines, June 27 through October 3

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 12:48 pm

The Great Wall of Oakland

The City of Oakland, California is now accepting works for possible screening on the Great Wall of Oakland. This 100 by 100-foot outdoor wall overlooks the busy intersection of Grand Avenue and Broadway in the bustling center of Oakland’s Uptown District, surrounded by restaurants, condominiums and galleries.

Now in its second year of programming, the Great Wall of Oakland is the canvas for exciting experimental media art by contemporary regional and international media artists as well as classic film and video selections. Screenings are held after dark on the first Friday of each month, the night of the monthly Oakland ArtMurmur gallery walk.

For deadlines and submission guidelines, e-mail thegreatwallofoakland@gmail.com.

June 17, 2008

Call for Entries: Second World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium in September

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 2:59 pm

The Second World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium will be held on September 10-13, 2008 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Home to many international scientific collaborations such as CERN, Switzerland plays host this September to the 2nd bi-annual World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium (WKD). This innovative initiative aims to bridge the gap between the natural/technical sciences and the human social sciences by bringing together 300 top researchers and opinion leaders from around the globe to begin building a framework of understanding across disciplines. Principal speakers include Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan, Christiane Nüsslein-Vollhard and John Sulston. Debates will be moderated by WKD 2008 Scientist in Residence, E.O. Wilson.

Details on how to submit abstracts on the WDK website.


June 12, 2008

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) July 14, 2008

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Kathleen @ 6:04 pm

Join Leonardo community members for the fourth in the LASER series
SFSU Downtown Center, 835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA

LASER is a bimonthly series of lectures and presentations organized by Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/ISAST

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Piero Scaruffi: p@scaruffi.com

6:00pm-6:30pm: Socializing/networking

6:45-7:15pm: Joaquin Alvarado, Director of SFSU’s Institute for Next Generation Internet, on “Economies of Representation and the Rise of Transactional Identity”

Converging platforms and persistent user interactions on the network have created a new tension in communities and communication. Individual agency is now being applied as a quantifiable transaction in the evolving event-horizon of ubiquitous computing. As users continue to deploy mediated actions in abstracted media forms they are inevitably engaging in negotiations with automated agents. This creates a friction point that will deliver the new economics of identity.

7:15-7:45pm: Amy Ione, Director of the Diatrope Institute, on “Art and the Brain”

Art practice and appreciation are generally considered products of human culture, rather than areas for scientific investigation. Yet, perhaps because art that is quintessentially exquisite speaks so deeply to us, it is difficult to see human culture as a map for one1s individual experience with art. Now, with the explosion of brain research on cognition, perception, and sensation we are beginning to explore the nature of art in ways that include neurobiological and neuropsychological questions.

7:45-8:00pm: Roger Malina, CNRS Marseille, on Leonardo ISAST’s worldwide activities

8:00-8:20pm: Robert Rich, Electronic and Digital Composer, on “Microtonal Music and Just Intonation”

A brief introduction to the use of tuning systems based upon ratios, focusing on musical examples and audio demonstrations, with just a bit of history and not much math.

8:20-8:40pm: Lynette Cook, Artist, on “Art and the Cosmos”

Known especially for her collaborations with Geoff Marcy and other exoplanet discoverers, Cook has painted many planet portraits, from those of our own solar system to those orbiting other stars. She will explain how she knows what these distant bodies look like.

8:40pm: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening

8:45-9:45pm: Discussions, more socializing

For more information, visit: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/events.html

June 8, 2008

Member Event: Expressions Gallery Presents Selections From The Northeastern University Visual Music Marathon

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 6:32 pm

Brian Evans
image by Brian Evans

Expressions Gallery inaugurates its monthly series of free Visual Music presentations with Selections from the Northeastern University Visual Music Marathon, short computer-generated animations with electronic music scores by filmmakers from around the world.

When: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Saturday, June 21
Where: Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (near Ashby BART station)
Public info: 512-644-4930 www.expressionsgallery.org
Contact: Loren Means
Admission: Free

June 6, 2008

Member Events: YLEM at subZERO June 6, 2008

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:01 pm

YLEM at sub ZERO
Corinne Whitaker’s Chocsicles, Whispering and Lush in a storefront window in downtown San Jose. Digital Paintings on Aluminum

YLEM members are showing at subZERO, part of SJ01 in San Jose.

subZERO is presented by Anno Domini gallery and is a yearly event in downtown San Jose. zubZERO is a street fair with over 50 artists that will last from 6pm to midnight in the 300 and 400 blocks of South First street.

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